My husband and I were given tickets to experience Trapped in a Room with a Zombie through Room Escape Adventures. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
I did this review with my husband one Friday night… finally got a date night with him! While we both enjoyed Trapped in a Room with a Zombie, I thought his retelling of the experience was way better than anything I could have explained so here is the experience from Paul’s point of view.
When Ashley told me she received an invite to experience Trapped in a Room with a Zombie, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had never done an escape room before, and I was expecting a “haunted house” type experience. I don’t dislike haunted houses, but their not exactly my thing. My expectations turned out to be quite wrong.
We were then led into “the room,” and the door was locked behind us with a pad lock. Our objective was simple; figure out how to escape the room within one hour without getting eaten by the zombie chained to the wall. Oh, and the zombie gets an extra food of chain every five minutes. No big deal.
I won’t give any spoilers, but escaping the room was very challenging.
We were presented with many puzzles and riddles with clues scattered throughout the room. It became clear immediately that the problem-solving process was not a linear one. For example, solving Puzzle A may yield a partial clue to one or more other puzzles elsewhere in the room. Some clues were obvious while others were hidden quite well. Some clues were cryptic, even nonsensical at first glance, while others were designed to lead us astray.
Navigating around the small room with 11 other people without attracting the attention of the zombie required much planning and thought (and perhaps a bit of luck). Working together, communicating with teammates and sharing information were critical to surviving and escaping. It requires a full team effort to successfully escape.
The final 10 minutes were the most intense because the zombie had nearly enough chain to reach across the room. We unlocked the final key with about 40 seconds remaining, but we still had to unlock the door and get all our team members out of the room. The good news is we survived. We were informed before we started that our room had a 24% survival rate, and we managed to escape with a mere 15 seconds to spare!
At the conclusion, each team member was given a mini-assessment by our hostess.
Each assessment included an “award” which best explained how we fit within the team. I was aware the “Indiana Jones Explorer of Dark Places” award for my tendency to search every corner of the room for clues, often in unexpected places (and often recklessly with the zombie nearby).
This was an awesome experience that far exceeded my expectations. The actors stayed true to their parts throughout and the puzzles were challenging and mentally stimulating. I highly recommend it anyone, especially large groups of friends and family. I would absolutely do something like this again.